Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Feeling Safe In Our Abode: What To Look Out For

The new year is in full flow and so many people are filled with thoughts about making some big
changes for the next twelve months. It might mean that you are focusing on some self-improvement,
where you are hoping to lose a few pounds or start a new fitness journey. It might be that you want
to improve your finances or even take on a dream of owning a new home. After all, it is one of the
biggest purchases you can make in your life.

It’s important for us all to feel safe in our homes. It should be the one place where you can relax and
unwind after a busy day at work or a stressful period in your life. But there are some niggling everyday
problems that we simply can’t avoid sometimes, but thankfully there are a few things we can do better
protect our homes from them. So with that in mind, here are some top tips for everyday problems
you may have to deal with.


What happens if you get a rodent or pest infestation?
No one likes to hear unwanted sounds in the middle of the night. Or that unexplained scratching in
the walls and the surprise of droppings throughout the home. It can certainly put fear in you
wondering what and who is causing these unexplained things going on in your home. But this is
where you may find that you have a rodent or pest infestation. While never pleasant to encounter,
there are plenty of services advertised online that can help solve your issue once and for all.
Websites and articles like pests.org/top-5-pest-control-companies can point you in the right direction
of companies to consider to help you find the right resolution for the problem. It is something that would
need to be resolved quickly, really, especially if you have children in the home. So don’t delay. If you
want to try and protect yourself further, then seek out any holes or entries to your home from your
exterior. Pay close attention to your loft space and pipework and seal them up. You’d be surprised
how easily they can get into your home.

Problematic birds
There are some beautiful birds in the world, and they are lovely in your garden on the trees, on a
bird feeder, or in the bird bath. But when they get into the eaves of your property, and especially birds
like pigeons and other pests, they can cause serious problems to your home. Bird feces, in
particular, can cause a lot of damage and especially be an issue if you have young children. This is
when you may want to take some extra precautions with chimneys and other access areas to your
home that may get overlooked.

Opportunists taking advantage
There is no hiding from the fact that unfortunately, we live in a world where burglary happens more
often than we would like to think about. It often happens when you least expect it to, and it can be
devastating to return to your home to find thieves have stolen your possessions. Especially if they
are sentimental things like jewelry. If you can fit burglar alarms into your home, then it’s always
advisable to do so. These days you can get some great additions to your home such as doorbells
that have a camera on them, alarms that work directly with a smartphone application, and even
security cameras fitted that you can also keep tabs on with your phone. Some alarms can even be
linked to local law enforcement, to ensure that if any triggers to your alarm are made, someone
is there to sort it sooner rather than later. It’s also a good idea to check entries into your home to
make sure windows and doors are secure when the property is empty. New door locks and
even just adding extra security measures could make all the difference. Websites like
safety.com/8-burglar-deterrents are full of information and advice.

Flooding during adverse weather
Flooding is something we are never sure we might be subject to. It is controlled by weather which
sadly no one has control over. While you may be aware that the area in which you live might be
prone to flooding, perhaps due to past events or living close to a river or the sea, you can still be
devastated and the problem can arise so quickly. You may have some time to put belongings and
possessions on higher ground, and often with advanced weather warnings systems now, you are
warned of the possibility of this happening sooner than in the past. You may even be able to apply
sandbags to doorways and river banks to try and aid the effort or help lower the chances of
devastation. But if disaster strikes, it can be much more than just what is in the home to get
damaged. The best advice would be to save as much as you can and then prepare yourselves for
the rehabilitation of your home after the event. Thankfully, there are now expert companies out there
who deal with this sort of damage to property, and insurance policies, although needing to be
checked first, can often cover you for the expenses.

Other strong weather disasters
There is more than just water that can cause huge problems to your home. Depending on where you
live you may be subject to bad storms that can include weather systems like hurricanes and tornadoes.
These can have a huge impact on your property if you are in the firing line. Other disasters include
forest fires that get out of control. These can spread rapidly, especially if there has been a lot of dry
and warm weather in previous days leading up to it. Your homes are in the path of destruction, and
again in most cases, it’s saving what you can but ultimately saving your life first. Thankfully, for these
sorts of things, again weather systems have advanced and you can be warned more in advance of
what is going on.

Your home is subject to mold
Another problem that your home could endure is mold on your walls. This can appear at any time,
and it doesn’t matter how clean your home is or what you do, it has much to do with the building and
the dampness that some of the walls have generated. Once it has hit your home without proper care and
attention, it can spread to other parts of the walls and even other parts of your home. This can cause
illness to family members and should be treated as soon as possible. Especially if any family
members struggle with things like asthma. There are professionals out there who would be able to
clean this up for you quickly and offer advice to avoid things like this happening in the future. So as
soon as you spot any signs of dampness, even if it is just the beginning like condensation on the windows,
then speak to the professionals straight away.

While it may sound strange to be highlighting some of these things, it’s always a good idea to be
really mindful of what could happen. Buying a house is one of the biggest decisions you might make
in your lifetime, and it certainly costs you enough to do it. So it is always a priority to ensure that you
feel safe in your home, as well as keep your home and belongings safe within your power. I hope
that this has highlighted some of the big issues you might potentially face, and given you a few tips on
how to overcome or deal with them.

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